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Educator honored for mock trial efforts
South Forsyth High School mock trial participant Jonnathun Mouton applauds a speaker. - photo by Autumn McBride

The legal community in Forsyth County honored an educator as part of its annual observance of Law Day.

Ann Reid, social studies coordinator for the Forsyth County School system, is this year’s recipient of the Liberty Bell Award.

The honor is given annually by bar associations nationwide to people who have contributed to the local judicial system. It traditionally is not presented to lawyers or judges.

Forsyth County Chief Superior Court Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley presented the award to Reid during the luncheon Friday at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

Bagley said she was chosen for her outstanding service in preparation for and during the first Cumming Regional Mock Trial Competition in February.

The judge noted that the event drew an estimated 300 people.

“From the moment the planning committee contacted Ms. Reid, they were extremely impressed by how eager and willing she was to donate her time and efforts to planning this event,” Bagley said. “Many times she met with the planning committee after hours.”

He noted that in addition to coordinating food and refreshments for participants, Reid helped secure donations to make the event possible.

“Perhaps her greatest contribution, however, was that she got the community of local educators involved in the competition,” Bagley said.

“In addition to the nearly 70 legal professionals that we had participate in the event, we also had teachers, administrators and principals attend as well and this made the event a better experience for students.”

In past years, local students had to travel as far as Athens to compete in the event, which is sponsored by the State Bar of Georgia.

Teams from all five public high schools participated, as well as students from Pinecrest Academy, a private school in south Forsyth.

The team from West Forsyth High School emerged victorious and went on to compete for the state title in Lawrenceville. The Wolverines were also honored during the luncheon.

Students from each high school’s mock trial team were recognized Friday for their work as attorneys and witnesses during the competition, and some received scholarships.

As part of the Partners in Education program, Bagley and Superior Court Judge David L. Dickinson also gave Law Day awards to students from Matt and Brookwood elementary schools.

The students were commended for art and essays they submitted as part of a contest.

Also honored were this year’s two recipients of the Richard B. Neville Jr. Memorial Scholarship.